Imagine writing without writing words, without writing letters. Somehow getting out your thoughts without a coherent system of letters that can be easily recognized and understood by passers-by. Most people do this kind of writing without intending to just about every time their pens run a bit dry and they want to get them going again. Go to any stationary store and walk over to the pen section and you will find that there are scratch pads that are full of such writing.
This style of writing is known as Asemic writing – asemic being a word that means without semantic context. According to Tim Gaze, creator of a magazine focused on Asemic writing:
[hand]writing does not just contain semantic information. it also contains aesthetic information (when seen as a shape or image) and emotional information (such as a graphologist would analyze.) because it eliminates the semantic information, asemic writing brings the emotional and aesthetic content to the foreground.
On the other hand, e-mail – which has definitely clear semantic information, is clearly lacking something else.
e-mail is writing almost devoid of aesthetic and emotional content, apart from what the words contain.